I was born in
Taco, a village just out side the capital of Tenerife.
Since I was young my father had pigeons at home, all
kind of them. Because he did not understand much about
them, the loft was left wide open all the time, so many
lost pigeons entered and stayed.
boys of the area came to by pigeons from my father: I
remember they were paying 25 pesetas each: I talk about
early 70 th.
In 1.975, my
cousin, Manuel Herrera Díaz, who was older than me,
started to join the sport in the early 1.975.
The loft was
very little, only one department of 2 and half meters
long and 1 meter high. I remember that I had only four
young pigeons to race and that year as I wasn´t member
of any club, I raced them on the name of José Ramón
Pérez, a friend of mine, at the Taco racing Club. That
year I lost only one pigeon of them, the other three I
clocked them, one from las Palmas, another one from
Fuerteventura and the third one from Lanzarote Island.
At the end of
1.976 with a great disappointment for me, as my father
got a job on England and asked the family to follow him
there. I had to give up my pigeons.
By then I
finished the high school level and my brothers and I
were facing an uncertain future.
always had pigeons sport relation ship in my mind, so I
soon found out about pigeons in the area and established
a relationship with a man very near home,
He gave me
some pigeons to start with. I was once again in with
pigeons. I even was a membership of a club only to by
rings but never raced officially, only did it by my self
from short distances, I used to had around 20/25 pigeons.
I returned to
Tenerife to do my National service and afterwards I
became a member o Taco pigeon Club in 1.982. I was
flying in Taco club for eight years until I moved to the
south of the Tenerife island because of my work.
I became a
member of Adexe pigeon club in 1.990 and member of Abona
Sur two year later, when this club started. In the year
2000 I decided to come with my pigeons to the club in
Arona, much near the place where I live with around ten
other members of the area, finally there years ago in
2005 five of us inaugurated a new club in the council
called Nuevos Horizontes where I was president for the
first 2 years, and where I still fly my pigeons.
first years I fly the pigeons at the south of Tenerife
where terrible, racing pigeons in this part of the
island makes this hobby very hard, because the situation
in the island, pigeon looses is very common over here.
Only because of a great affection,
I did no give
up. I tried other type of pigeon, always looking for a
such of king of strong pigeons for this area. Pigeons
that where doing well in Taco pigeon club, (70 kms from
where I live now in south), here where no good enough.
Here I have
to dedicate more time for them, and thanks to my brother
Víctor Manuel who has attended the pigeons until early
2011. I got important results during all these years,
but from now on, I have to start by myself the job with
the disadvantage of not being able to devote the time
necessary to have continuity in the results as before, I
will not be able to compete at such a high level in the
future but I will try my best.
pigeons are Aardens of the lines Van Geel, Van der Wegen,
Boyen, Brugemann, Jan Polder, Piet Lazerom and
I also have 8 pairs Janssen-Van Loon to couple with my Aardens.
2007 got some good results in Nacional Races finishing
2º second at the National Open championship (Open Derbys)
becoming 13th and 4º at Open Nacional Of Cataluña
(Barcelona), 3rd International and 4th National in
Murcia Open Derby, also 5th general and 3rd National at
the open of Xacobeo at Santiago de Compostela.
Year before I
finished 6th at the final National Champion ship (Open